Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Quick Trip To Cameron Highlands

We enjoyed a 2D1N trip to Cameron Highlands last week, as you probably had known; if you read my race recap post on the inaugural BOH Highlands Run (if you haven't, I encourage you to read here hihihi).
 
We started our journey from KL at around 9.00am and used the Simpang Pulai route instead of Tapah to avoid the jam in Tanah Rata and headed directly to the hotel we were staying in, at Copthorne Hotel. Made it around 2.30pm. Checking-in was fast as they had my room card ready. Keypoh-keypoh at the Coffee House and made reservation for dinner then off we went to our room.
It's not that cold lah... 18 degrees celcius only... HAHAHA
Ate a light lunch then we ditched the kiddo who was pretty content staying cooped-up in the hotel room (he wanted to enjoy the hotel, not the scenery. What la...) and walked down to the nearby KEA Market.
 Look see, look see only. Didn't buy anything just yet...
 Then went to the nearby EQ Strawberry farm to look see look see some more.
 As we didn't really want to face the horrendous Cameron Highlands traffic jam, we just walked around. First to KEA Market then we checked out the nice scenery around Copthorne Hotel.

Syiok also, I tell you. ^^
No kiddo tagging along so can paktor lor. Hehehe

Saw a friend who also did the BOH Highlands Run ran past us in the evening around 4.00pm while we strolling around the hotel. He and his wife went out for a run and ran all the way to BOH Sg Palas Centre. Cool!

Really nice la in Cameron Highlands. Can run at 4.00pm no problem because it's not hot.
Anyways, I also couldn't resist putting on my new Samsung GearFit and calculate my steps. Actually, the trip to Cameron Highlands was the first time I wore the GearFit and calculate my steps throughout the day. Fun, you know!

Anyways, that 3,325 steps was the number of steps from our hotel room on Level 13 to KEA Market and back to the hotel lobby.

I dunno why but putting it on made me kinda more motivated to walk around and get that goal of 10,000 steps daily. Kakaka

It was too cold at around 6.00pm to walk around, what with rain pouring down so we headed back to our room, enjoy a nice hot shower and then head for dinner at 7.00pm.

Although I had a run on Sunday morning, we didn't sleep early. Enjoyed lepaking in the room until midnight and woke up at 4.30am on Sunday!


Monday, 29 September 2014

An Invigorating Run With A Cuppa Of BOH Tea After.

Let's see.. it's been like 4 years since our last trip to Cameron Highlands. Funny because my siblings make trips to the highlands like every other month, since there's a direct road from our hometown in Raub to Cameron Highlands.
 
Anyways, this time around we did something special in Cameron Highlands - we (hubby and me) got to run around with 498 other runners around BOH Sg Palas plantation, in the inaugural BOH Highlands Run. A 5K trail around the tea plantation that is usually off limits to visitors. How cool is that?
A cool Sunday morning last weekend and it started to drizzle soon after I took this "BOHfie". The drizzle didn't dampen the spirits of us runners and most of us were excited to go out running. Rain or no rain.
 
Mr Wan Yew Long, the race director for this run even encouraged parents to let the kids have fun in the rain. Just like what we used to do when we were kids, he said. True, that! Don't be scared to main hujan lah! Hahaha
Met familiar faces in the running scene, even here in Cameron Highlands!
At the start/finish line. See? Drizzle not affecting the runners one bit.
I even managed to get a photo together with the VIPs! The lovely Ms Caroline Russell, CEO of BOH Plantations in a nice harem headwear. She was sporting enough to not only be at the run venue before the start of the run, she stayed on until the end. Even the other Russell family members were seen gracing this lovely charity fun run.
Since this is a fun run, I ditched my Timex GPS watch and opted to wear the GearFit instead. Choose the exercise mode, then running, set my goal distance and PRESS START. Easy peasy. ^^
As it rained not only that morning but the day before too, the trail was wet and muddy but I tell you, it was so awesome to be out running! It took a bit of adjusting at first, running in this cold weather but after a few minutes running, all was well.
 
We decided to take it easy. Run, walk (when there was slow traffic), selfie (or in this run it's called BOHfie. hahaha) and joked around with the chirpy volunteers who stood in the rain so that we can have a great run that Sunday.
The volunteers! Thank you for a great time! You were all wonderful!
After the run, and after collecting our snack pack; we were encouraged to walk up to the BOH Centre and enjoy some hot tea.
 
BOH Tea was very generous in providing free flow of Teh O and Teh Tarik for all runners. Just queue up and order.
 
You might notice that I was wearing a different hat to run this time, right? Also other runners were sporting wackier ones. There's a reason for that.
The theme for the BOH Highlands Run was "Mad Hatter Tea Party". Very apt for a tea plantation yeah?

And true enough, Mad Hatter and Alice graced our run that Sunday. They even enjoyed their tea at the nicely set-up table after the rain had subsided.

Sufficed to say, the duo was very popular that morning. Even I couldn't resist asking for photos with them! LOL

There was a little girl too, dressed as Alice who was equally popular with the runners. I didn't manage to get a photo with her but she obliged taking photos with a WHOLE lot of runners. (I think she's a Russell).
We lingered around after the run to see the prize presentation.

There were prizes for fastest runners, runners with wackiest hats, BOHfie winners (those who take selfies and posted it in BOH Tea FB page) and even a prize for the most appreciative runner - which was given to the last runner to finish as he/she enjoyed the scenery while doing the run.
 
Cool, right?
Lucky me and actually I was quite surprised to win a BOH hamper that morning. Very syiok lah! Who wants to have a cuppa with me?
The BOH Highlands Run which is a charity run aims at creating awareness on the importance of environmental conservation, especially in Cameron Highlands. The proceeds from the registration fees which amounted to RM25,000.00 were channelled to the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) for an environmental education project to be implemented in all 27 schools in Cameron Highlands.
 
Great. I get to have fun and be a part of a good project. I like that. ^^
 
I hope that BOH Highlands Run will be held again next year. This is a really nice run for us to join in.
 
Toyota even sent a team to run in the BOH Highlands Run to prepare for an ekiden in Nagoya in November!
 
I'd love to run there again and if there's a longer distance offered, much better which; BOH may want or may not want to consider.
 
I tell you... those who wants to know how it feels running in a cold country can try running in this run next year! Cheaper. Can support local tourism some more. LOL
 
I'll upload more photos in my FB page later. Stay tuned, if you're my FB friend. :)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Stylish Fitness Coupling Of Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit

Cool gadget eh?

I have in my hands now a Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit and am loving the chance to play with it.

A smartphone (duh) which is the Samsung Galaxy S5 and a wearable band - a fitness smartphone companion, which is what a Gear Fit is. The Gear Fit doesn't take or make calls but with Bluetooth, it is connected with the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone that I have. 

I like to stash my handphone in the back pocket of my running tights and sometimes I'd missed calls because I didn't notice it ringing/vibrating while I'm running or while I'm in a big, noisy crowd so with the Gear Fit, at least I can see any calls/messages coming in easily.

Helps too that Gear Fit is gorgeous to look at with its curved Super AMOLED screen AND with changeable wristbands so I can look stylish and sporty and the same time. Hehehe
psstt... I like my red band. It matches my red and orange running shoes. 

While Gear Fit is not as sophisticated as Gear 2 or other Gear watches but for anyone looking just for a fitness band that complements their S5 (or other Samsung compatible devices), nothing too fancy but provides enough to kickstart their fitness journey - this combo of a Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit may be a start.

When I first got my hands on it, it reminded me of my old Nike Sportsband and also Polar Loop but both are standalone units while Gear Fit connects to a smartphone. 

So what did I do first when I got my hands on both Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit?

Downloading the Gear Fit Manager, of course! This is to connect the smartphone to Gear Fit, via Bluetooth. Whaddya expect from me, after all? It was the first thing I tinkered when I got the phone. LOL
 Pretty easy and painless steps.
Choosing whether to wear it on my left or right wrist?

Oh yeah, I changed the view afterwards from landscape to portrait so I can view it much easily during my workout. Pretty much own's preference, really.
Done!

Now all I need to do is go out and have fun with it.

Viewing is by just a mere swipe of a finger on the Gear Fit screen. Easy. Fast. Simple.

Oh yeah, I think like Polar Loop, Gear Fit can also track my sleep. It also is able to take my heart rate reading (well, the Samsung Galaxy S5 can too, just by placing a finger at scanner located at the back of the smartphone) - which maybe is helpful for those who loath wearing a heart rate monitor strapped to their chest, with their running watches.

I'll take both out the smartphone and Gear Fit for a spin maybe tomorrow morning and when I join the BOH Highlands Run in Cameron Highlands on Sunday.

I have to say, I can't wait to try the 16MP camera too. So far, it sure look awesome!

Let's take lotsa photos in Cameron Highlands with the new smartphone, yeah? Of course plenty of selfies too! LOL

I think I'll have a few more posts to document my Gear Fit "adventures" be it walking, running... maybe not cycling yet. Hehehe

A definite plus of Samsung Galaxy S5 : it's dust and water resistant. I hope it can withstand ALL my sweat!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Shopping Around, Patiently

The Boy is rather funny sometimes. In a good way.
 
He loves Lego.
 
A few friends had kindly enough gave me links to purchase Lego at better prices than retail and I, the ever obliging Mom had informed him.
 
He'd go through the links, checks whatever comes out online...
Then he'd ask us to accompany him to the store to check it out.

The first photo is Him checking out his list and prices and comparing it to the shops'.

I find it rather cute that he is doing that now. Just a 12-year old.

Must be because any purchase comes from his pocket money. Not ours. He has to earn it to enjoy it.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

When Looks Can Be Deceiving

Wow... serious title, yeah?
 
And yet, the post is just about this rather yummy looking chicken chop. HAHAHA
Looks good, yeah. had a few people drooling when I posted it on FB.
 
Taste?
Blergh... for one : too darn salty!
 

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